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Old 03-28-2013, 02:48 AM   #1
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Does anyone know how to get the calcium build up out of my carboys? Please help it looks like crap


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Old 03-28-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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I have the same issue in one that was recenltly given to me, I'm gonna try some clr (calcium, lime, and rust) product on it when I get around to it


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Old 03-28-2013, 02:58 AM   #3
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Have you tried PBW (http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/p...ry-wash.html)?
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:01 AM   #4
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Try acid. It should remove it
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Tried one of these: http://www.carboycleaner.com/ ?
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Try acid. It should remove it
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I pour small volume of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in carboy and shake it minute or two, it will be bright and shine. Just rinse it well after that.
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Does anyone know how to get the calcium build up out of my carboys? Please help it looks like crap
Mix up a half cup of vinegar with a quart of water, swirl it around, let it sit, repeat until you can see the mineral deposits are removed. Then drain, rinse well and drip dry...

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Tried one of these: http://www.carboycleaner.com/ ?
The problem with these is that you can really easily scratch the glass around the opening of the carboy with the spinning metal rod that is going thru it.

Trying to keep the metal from touching the glass with this is like playing the game Operation with a power drill and holding it in place for 2 minutes. (How's that gonna work out for you?)

Once the glass is scratched you may as well recycle the carboy.
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Electric Overkill

Even my most crusty (triple chocolate RIS) carboys come clean when soaked for a few hours in warm (~120?F) water with two tablespoons of Oxyclean Free swirled in.

I haven't used a carboy brush in years, never mind considered actually motorized cleaning...

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Vinegar should work


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